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AI, used correctly, can help solve some of our most pressing employment law issues

By Darran Brennan The World Economic Forum has defined Artificial Intelligence (AI) as an element of the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) and something which will change our world and workplaces. This is similar to the changes envisaged during the previous industrial revolutions (let’s not forget the fears of the Luddites) but what is different now […]

How Vodafone reviewed its legal team’s workflow

In the second half of 2015 Vodafone began to review the workflow of its property legal team. The impetus behind the move was to get away from the in-house team’s immersion in every part of the property process, allied to a requirement across the business for greater efficiency, visibility of risk and digitisation. The Vodafone […]

Facebook: you have a £500,000 fine from the Information Commissioner’s Office

By Andrew Mills Facebook is set to be fined £500,000, the maximum amount possible, for two breaches of the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA 1998). Due of the timing of the breaches, the ICO was unable to levy the fines introduced by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which caps fines at the higher level of 20m […]

30 years on, the role of semi-contentious practitioners is growing

By Gavin Ferguson and Alice Bricogne In this Q&A Advocate Gavin Ferguson and senior associate Alice Bricogne explain how changes in the industry since the trusts boom in the 1980s and early 1990s have led to the blurring of the lines between contentious and non-contentious practitioners…

National minimum wage and ‘sleep-in’ shifts

By Connie Cliff and Martin Chitty Treatment of “sleep­-in” shifts for national minimum wage (NMW) purposes is an area that can often cause confusion. Where a worker is required to work a number of sleep­in night shifts at the employer’s premises, and be available in case of an emergency, does the full night shift constitute ‘working’ […]

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Firm profile: Fenwick Elliott

A confident firm is one that can choose to turn away work. Fenwick Elliott is one such firm. The construction boutique, which moved into new premises on Aldwych just before Christmas, believes it is in the happy position of being the largest specialist construction law firm in the UK, following construction heavyweight Masons’ merger last […]

PFI troubles hit Romania

Portugal is not the only European country where political instability has caused fallout for the PFI market. Romania’s nascent PFI market has been turned on its head with the news that the new government is to review £2.5bn in PFI contracts after it emerged the contracts were awarded by the previous administration without competitive tender. […]

Willkie Farr loses Frankfurt team

Willkie Farr & Gallagher’s Frankfurt-based employment team has quit the US firm to join German boutique Kliemt & Vollstädt. The four-lawyer team, led by Christoph Crisolli, joined Kliemt at the start of the month to launch a Frankfurt office. Kliemt also has offices in Düsseldorf and Berlin. Crisolli, who was at Willkie Farr for three […]

Brobeck battle rages on as bankruptcy trustee seeks $275m

Ronald Greenspan, the trustee of Brobeck Phleger & Harrison’s bankruptcy estate, has escalated his attack on former Brobeck partners after launching actions to retrieve around US$275m in distributions and bonuses paid after the firm allegedly became insolvent. A portion of Brobeck’s debt to major creditor Citibank is also being sought from former partners. As reported […]

Fulbright team defects to Arnold & Porter

Washington DC-based Arnold & Porter has bagged a team of six securities litigation lawyers from the DC office of Texas firm Fulbright & Jaworski. Michael Trager, who heads the team, joins Arnold & Porter as a partner and head of the firm’s securities enforcement practice. He is joined by partners Richard Jacobson and Charles Wenner […]

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